Meet, Chat, Learn – 2022 Schedule

Open exclusively to Ward 35 parents, Meet, Chat, Learn sessions are a great way to meet other Neonatal families, learn new skills and spend some bonding time with your little one. The classes are organised by Tiny Lives and provided by our delivery partners, so they are always free-of-charge to Ward 35 parents. Please find the latest schedule and booking instructions below.

We hope to be able to run our parent baby classes face to face next term starting week commencing 10th January but as things are unpredictable at the moment with regards to COVID-19, we may need to take these back online. We have amended the booking forms to reflect this and you will have a choice of face to face and virtual classes.

Our classes for the next year are funded by a generous grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.

 

Baby Yoga (6 weeks – sitting unaided)

Held by Kalmababy Gateshead, Baby Yoga is for babies from 6 weeks to sitting up unaided. The class incorporates music, song and sensory props, as well as traditional yoga poses too!

This is a 5 week course, and we recommend that you attend all of the sessions in order to get the most out of them for you and your baby. The classes will be taking place at Nunsmoore Childrens Centre, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 5AH. You may choose to attend both Baby Yoga and Massage back-to-back (please still complete separate booking forms). Book here.

10.00am – 10:45am

  • Monday 10th January
  • Monday 17th January
  • Monday 24th January
  • Monday 31st January
  • Monday 7th February
Baby Massage (6 weeks to sitting unaided)

Held by Kalmababy Gateshead, Baby Massage classes are suitable for babies aged between 6 weeks to those that can sit up unaided. The sessions are wonderful, calm classes and give you the opportunity to bond with your baby through relaxing touch. These sessions also feature developmental techniques, as well as traditional baby massage.

This is a 5 week course, and we recommend that you attend all of the sessions in order to get the most out of them for you and your baby. The classes will be taking place at Nunsmoore Childrens Centre, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 5AH. You may choose to attend both Baby Yoga and Massage back-to-back (please still complete separate booking forms). 

Classes Coming Soon.

 

Movement, Music and Sensory Class (6 weeks – 2 years)

Held by The Baby Hub Gateshead, these award-winning classes feature a mix of sensory fun! Each week, there will be a theme such as Farm, Garden and Weather.

This is a 5 week course, and we recommend that you attend all of the sessions in order to get the most out of them for you and your baby. These classes are taking place at Raven Valley Gym Club, Unit 2a, Riverside Park, Gateshead, NE11 9DJ. Book here.

1.00pm – 2.00pm

  • Thursday 13th January
  • Thursday 20th January
  • Thursday 27th January
  • Thursday 3rd February
  • Thursday 10th February
Boogie Bairns (6 weeks – 2 years)

Boogie Bairns sessions are held by Children North East, and are a fun mix of music, singing, dancing and bubbles! You can watch an example class here. These standalone sessions are a great way to get your baby moving and enjoying lights, sounds and other sensory stimulation. Choose from online or face-to-face classes this term, or feel free to choose both! 

Face-to-Face classes take place 1.00pm – 2.00pm at Children North East Cowgate Centre, Houghton Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 3UT.
Book here for Face-to-Face classes. 

  • Tuesday 11th January
  • Tuesday 8th February
  • Tuesday 8th March

 

Online classes take place via Zoom, 11.30am – 12.00pm.
Book here for online classes. 

  • Wednesday 26th January
  • Wednesday 16th February
  • Wednesday 23rd March
O-Tea&Biscuits

This course is run by Ward 35’s Occupational Therapist: OTea and Biscuits is a safe, friendly place to spend some one-to-one time with your baby and get to meet some new friends (or join some old ones!) who have also spent time on Ward 35 (the Neonatal Unit) at the RVI. Other Ward 35 Allied Health Professionals will also join some of the sessions.

Each session starts with an educational talk specific to pre-term health and development and finishes with O-Tea and Biscuits – free time to talk about your baby and how you are.

Face to Face sessions run 10am – 11am. They take place at Nunsmoor Children’s Centre, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 5AH. Book Here.

Online sessions run 1pm – 2pm. Book Here.

Friday 4th February
Friday 18th February
Friday 4th March
Friday 18th March
Friday 1st April

COVID Safety and Risk Assessments

Please rest assured that all classes have had vigorous risk assessments and we will be undertaking strict measures to ensure you can enjoy the class safely, including additional sanitising of the rooms and equipment, limited group numbers for social distancing, and a track and trace policy. Risk assessments are available upon request.